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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

24 November 2006

AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FOOD & WINE ATLAS

Port Fairy’s Farmers’ Market, the Great Grape Road, Ararat’s Vines café and bar and Warrnambool’s Pippies by the Bay restaurant are just some of the mouth watering local delights that feature in Australia's first Food and Wine Atlas.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said The Food and Wine Atlas of Australia 2007 shows some of the best, adventurous and unique food and wine delights that Australia has to offer, and local producers, events and restaurants from the Wannon region feature prominently.

"The Atlas highlights 40 regions across Australia, including the Great Ocean Road, Western Victoria and the Goldfields, and provides a range of information such as maps, recommendations from locals, local events, food and wine trails, details of delis and butchers, as well as top places to eat," Mr Hawker said.

"The Atlas also takes the road less travelled and highlights some eateries that may not be known by name across Australia, but to regular customers they are a foodie's heaven. It presents a great opportunity for the lesser known wineries, where the brand name is not known but the taste will attract ongoing sales.”

Mr Hawker said the Atlas is a great way for tourists and locals alike to see Western Victoria and all of our culinary delights.

“Readers can choose several regions and make a road holiday of it, tasting all the goodies along the way,” he said.

"It’s a great boost for regional tourism, with many local small businesses and their quality produce receiving this national recognition and advertising.”

Mr Hawker said that the Atlas was put together by Restaurant and Catering Australia, and is an outstanding package for domestic and international tourism.

"There is no doubt that this publication will be become a staple for any road holiday in Australia and promotes some of the best products that Australia has to offer. I’m delighted that Western Victoria has been given this coverage, and look forward to seeing how it impacts on tourism in the region," he said.

For more information on the Food and Wine Atlas of Australia 2007 visit www.savouraustralia.com.au.

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100